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The Gospel in Art: Stations of the Cross – 9: Jesus Falls the Third Time

A man walking with his shadow carrying the cross, Photo by Kevin Carden © Kevin Carden / GoodSalt

Source: Christian art

Gospel of April 10, 2022

Book of Lamentations 3: 27-32

It is good for a man to bear the yoke in his youth. Let him sit alone in silence when he put it on him; let him put his mouth in the dust – there can still be hope; let him give his cheek to him who strikes him, and let him be full of insults. For the Lord will not reject forever, but if he causes sorrow, he will have compassion, according to the abundance of his steadfast love.

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We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you

Because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.

Looking at you, as you fall for the third time, I realize that I too should pick up my cross. I don’t want to, but I should.

I realize that the cross you asked me to carry has cast darkness throughout my life. As I walk, no one can see it but me, and you know there’s that dark side. I can see it projected on the wall.

O my Jesus, help me to let my own cross transform me… and form me.

Give me a courageous, energetic and generous disposition to do so. You preceded me. As Thomas said to Kempis: “Carry the cross with joy and it will carry you!” My Jesus, help me to do this…

Our father in heavens…

Hail Mary, full of grace…

Glory to the Father and to the Son…

Normal Gospel Reading for Today, Palm Sunday: Mark 11:1-10:

When they approached Jerusalem, at Bethphage and Bethany, near the Mount of Olives, he sent two of his disciples and said to them, “Go into the village ahead of you, and as soon as you enter it, you will find a colt tied there, which has never been mounted; untie it and bring it. If someone says to you, “Why are you doing this?” just say this: “The Lord needs him and will send him back here immediately.” They went away and found a colt tied near a door, outside in the street. While they were untying him, some of the passers-by said to them, “What are you doing, untying the colt?” They told them what Jesus said; and they allowed them to take it. Then they brought the colt to Jesus and threw their coats on it; and he sat on it. Many people spread their coats on the
road, and others spread leafy branches they had cut in the fields.

Then those who passed in front and those who followed shouted: “Hosanna!
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!
Blessed be the coming kingdom of our ancestor David!
Hosanna in the highest!’


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